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Fantasy Summary

With good-not-great feet, Halbgewachs does not have the high-end speedy, shifty skills you ideally want to see in a 5-foot-8 forward. But the skills with the puck have to be respected along with nearly exponentially improving offensive numbers. Plus, skating can be improved and he’s starting with a good base.


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Oct 2019 – Halbgewachs netted three points (1G, 2A) in two games last week, earning himself the Sharks prospect of the week award. The pint-sized forward is listed at 5’9” and will need to continue to battle to find space on the ice and prove his offensive talent is enough to earn him a shot with the big club. His skill is undeniable and earned him an arm-full of accolades in the WHL. Now, the sophomore needs to continue scoring with the Barracuda to get himself a real sniff with the big boys. Alex Howes

June 2019 – In Halbgewachs’ first pro season he showed he does in fact have what it takes to produce at the pro level. At his size, the question was whether or not he would have the space to produce in the pro ranks where the checking tightens up. His 35 points in 64 games is nothing to sneeze at and shows that the potential is there. Now he goes into a new season with more confidence and another offseason of work on his skating. I expect we will see a jump in production from Halbgewachs soon, keep a close eye on him. Chris Legg

 

March 2019 – Halbgewachs’ production has slowed of late for the Barracuda after a hot start to his AHL season. This isn’t much of a surprise as the pro game can be a big jump from junior and rookies sometimes fade towards the end of the season. Now that recent acquisition Jonathan Dahlen has been plugged into a top-six role for the Barracuda, Halbgewachs stands to lose out on some minutes as the two undersized wingers play a similar game. All this being said, it’s not that Halbgewachs has been playing poorly, but rather that he’s been pushed a bit lower in the depth chart by an extremely deep forward group. I expect Halbgewachs to get back into the top six next season and continue to develop in the AHL. Chris Legg

October 2018 – Undersized Halbgewachs has been answering some questions about whether his production from junior hockey would translate to pro. He’s posted five points in his first four AHL games and is being used in the Barracuda’s top six. He’s a very smart and opportunistic offensive forward. It’s still early in the season and the sample size is small, but this is extremely promising from a player that absolutely destroyed the WHL. Halbgewachs is the type of fantasy prospect that could pay dividends in points only leagues, he’s not on the casual player’s radar yet. Should he continue this pace however, he could earn himself a call up as early as this season. Chris Legg

July 2018 – Jayden Halbgewachs is attending his first Sharks development camp after being signed to an entry level deal in December 2017. Last summer, he was an invite to the inaugural Golden Knights development camp; however Vegas elected not to sign him. Halbgewachs represents a big swing on a player with very high upside, but a low chance to reach it. He tore up the WHL this past season with an incredible 70 goals and 59 assists for 129 points in 72 games, good for first in the WHL. This all needs to be put into context by taking into account his age, at 20 years old he should be dominating a junior league. Halbgewachs turned 21 in March and will see some top six minutes with the San Jose Barracuda this season, so we’ll have to wait and see if his production will translate to the pro game. Chris Legg

January 2018 – The talent with the puck is the hallmark of Jayden Halbgewachs, along with a last name that will give visiting announcers and play-by-play broadcasters fits. The dynamic center for the Moose Jaw Warriors was a camp invitee of the Vegas Golden Knights but left Sin City without a contract. Fast forward a half dozen months and the Warrior’s first round selection in 2012 Bantam draft now has the chance to see if his dominance of the WHL will translate to the professional game.

Halbgewachs, now in his fourth full-time season in Moose Jaw, saw limited action in rookie WHL season with just eight points in 59 games. His draft year saw a jump to a decent 41 points, but you need to wow scouts when you’re a small forward with undeniable skill. He did just that last year in a breakout performance of 50 goals and 101 points. The 2017-18 campaign is, somehow, off to an even better start with an astonishing 44 goals and 35 points in just 43 games. San Jose got good, long looks at the 5’8 center of the Warriors’ top line when they checked-in on former teammate Noah Gregor (since traded to the Victoria Royals) so they know what they are getting: an elite offensive weapon that is tenacious in the offensive zone that be both a shooting and passing threat anywhere near the opposing net. Zachary DeVine

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 22, 1997
Height 5‘8”
Weight 161 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Prairie Storm U15 AASAAHL U1524 55 3489 18|Playoffs9 13 518 10 
  Prairie Storm U15 AAJohn Reid Bantam5 8 311 2|        
 2012-2013 Regina Pat Canadians U18 AAASMAAAHL42 13 2336 8|Playoffs8 1 12
  Team Saskatchewan WCCC-16- - -- -|        
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL1 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Regina Pat Canadians U18 AAASMAAAHL42 28 3866 12|Playoffs9 6 410
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL4 0 11 0|        
  Canada Western U17WHC-175 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL59 4 48 6|        
 2015-2016 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL69 15 2641 4|Playoffs10 9 615
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL71 50 51101 27|Playoffs7 1 23
 2017-2018 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL72 70 59129 12|Playoffs14 4 48
 2018-2019 San Jose BarracudaAHL64 13 2235 20|Playoffs4 1 12
 2019-2020 San Jose BarracudaAHL55 19 1635 18|        

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